parkrun profile - 28th November 2019
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parkrun profile: Constantia Greenbelt

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Constantia Greenbelt parkrun launched in October 2015. In its first 4 years more than 18,000 different people have run, jogged or walked the Cape Town course. Anita Clacey tells us more…

 

How did Constantia Greenbelt parkrun come about? Mike and Renee Scott started it with help from me and my husband Shaun. Their motivation was because their daughters grew up running in the greenbelt.

 

Who makes Constantia Greenbelt parkrun a success? It’s difficult to give names. We have a large core team who make sure the event goes ahead week in week out.

 

What makes Constantia Greenbelt parkrun unique? We have very friendly volunteers, and the stunning backdrop of the Constantiaberg Mountains.

 

What is the course like? It’s a trail route and is tricky with lots of roots and undulations. There are a few small hills. We allow dogs but the course is not really suitable for prams.

 

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What is the typical Constantia Greenbelt parkrunner like? We have parkrunners from all walks of life from teeny tiny tots to 90 years old. We’ve had a lady participate up to the birth of her first child and continue two weeks later! We have speedsters to those just getting out to walk.

 

Have you had any notable visitors? Every week Liz Brunette participates – she is the ward councillor for Constantia

 

What success stories have you heard from your parkrunners? Penny Hollyhoke started walking 5km at parkrun. She then began running and before long was participating in 10km races. This year she has been on the podium in her age group (70 years old) and often winning her age category.

 

What are the facilities like? Parking is a problem unfortunately. Early birds can park at the start, late comers end up parking anything from 500m to 1km away. We have no toilets. There is a natural water fountain at the start and a Mugg and Bean nearby who offer two breakfast options for parkrunners.

 

What is the one thing a first timer to your parkrun should know? Arrive early and tread carefully.

 

You can find out more about Constantia Greenbelt parkrun on their facebook page or website

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